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JOCKEYS DONNED FACEMASKS and raced their horses in front of empty audience stands last night at Joensuu Racecourse, marking the first competitive horse racing event to take place since the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered tracks across the country.
MUCH OF SOUTHERN AND EASTERN FINLAND received an even earlier snowfall than usual today, prompting the Finnish Meteorological Institute to issue a driver safety warning. As much as 10cm of snow is predicted to fall on Eastern Finland over the coming hours, considerably more than what is usual for this time of year.
FLOW FESTIVAL, ONE OF THE MOST INTERNATIONALLY WELL-KNOWN in Finland, kicked off this weekend, drawing tens of thousands of revelers from dozens of countries. The Festival has been plagued with a slew of last-minute cancellations and poor weather, but that didn't stop people coming out to see an impressive roster of global acts.
GREENPEACE ACTIVISTS GATHERED OUTSIDE ENERGY GIANT FORTNUM's headquarters in Espoo earlier today, challenging them to "walk the talk" and adhere to their own rhetoric regarding their clean energy statements. Greenpeace Finland states that the protest was in response to Fortnum's acquisition of utility giant Uniper, which it describes as "one of Europe's biggest utility polluters".
THE TEAM AT HELSINKI-VANTAA AIRPORT have boosted their ranks with the help of some four-legged friends. Golden retriever dogs have been recruited to help airport staff detect contaminated foodstuffs and anything that may be carrying African Swine Fever.
HELSINKI RAILWAY STATION WAS EVACUATED today after a fire broke out in a Hesburger restaurant inside the station. It is believed that the fire was caused by an electrical outage inside one of the packing freezers, according to initial reports from YLE.
ONE OF THE LARGEST LIGHT ART FESTIVALS IN THE COUNTRY KICKS OFF TOMORROW, one that will see many of Helsinki's most iconic landmarks transformed by illuminating art installations. Preparations for the Lux 2020 Festival have already begun, and we've gathered a sneak-peak of what to expect over the weekend.
JAN VAPAAVUORI, THE MAJOR OF HELSINKI HAS KICKED OFF INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS by hosting a soiree for local fourth-graders at Helsinki's Finlandia Hall. Over 6000 people reportedly attended the party, with pint-sized revelers being treated to food, music, and live entertainment.
UNEXPECTEDLY WARM TEMPERATURES AND SUNNY SKIES drew Helsinki residents out of their homes and onto the beaches and parks of the city across the weekend. With temperatures peaking at around 18 degrees, this weekend was one of the warmest of the year so far for the Finnish capital.
RESIDENTS OF THE CAPITAL REGION flocked to the city's beaches and lakes today, as temperatures continued to rise. As the mercury hit 21 degrees in parts of the capital region today, temperatures in other parts of Finland exceeded 25 degrees Celsius.
AS SCHOOLCHILDREN UP AND DOWN the country return to class for the first time since the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, it is clear that there will be no quick return to normal.
CROWDS OF PEOPLE ATTENDED the opening event of a new mall in Herttoniemi, east Helsinki earlier today, despite social distancing rules put in place by the government and pleas to reduce human contact in the face of the COVID-19 virus.
HOPEFUL SUPPORTERS FOR THE FINNISH NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM have gathered in Helsinki tonight to see whether Finland will make history and qualify for the Euros in their match against Liechtenstein.
AS PUBLIC SCHOOLS ACROSS FINLAND PREPARE TO REOPEN tomorrow after almost two months of forced closure following the COVID-19 outbreak, it is clear that staff and students will not be returning to business as usual.
A SOON-TO-BE-DEMOLISHED FIVE-STORY APARTMENT BUILDING IN KERAVA, UUSIMAA, has been given a colourful new lease of life after dozens of artists took over the abandoned rooms to project their own artistic visions.
SCIENTISTS AT THE FINNISH ENVIRONMENT INSTITUTE have said that the intense flooding in Lapland, which is some of the most extreme in recent memory, has now reached its peak and will likely subside in the coming days.
A LARGE BLAZE RIPPED THROUGH an old building in the historic centre of Porvoo that had previously housed a music college. Authorities had received calls about a blaze on Porvoo's Raatihuoneenkatu, near Brunberg's old sweet factory, in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
FIREFIGHTER IN SALO, SOUTHWEST FINLAND spent much of the early hours of this morning tackling a monster blaze that engulfed a sawmill near the town. Authorities are currently investigating the cause of the blaze, with no clues as of yet.
THE FINAL BATCH OF LEOPARD 2A6 TANKS, first purchased by the Finnish Defence Forces from the Netherlands back in 2014, rolled into Vuosaari Harbour today. This final delivery means that Finland has in total received 100 Leopard 2A6's, one of the most common defense tanks currently used in Europe.
THRILLSEEKERS STEPPED ABOARD THE ROLLERCOASTERS at Helsinki's Linnanmäki amusement park today for the first time in months, following the easing of government restrictions that has allowed theme parks across the country to reopen for the first time since the outbreak of COVID-19.
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